How I Manage To Blog While at Uni & Still Take Time Off (With Reeves)

It's been two months since I started my master's at Central Saint Martins, and it's pretty bloody hectic. It's a little crazy in that doing a master's in Fashion Journalism sets you up for the real world, so my schedule can seem wide open for a few days, and then all of a sudden I'll get 3 deadlines at once, that need to be submitted by 4pm tomorrow. It's a pretty stressful environment. Plus, I'm about to start working at Selfridges again 2 days a week, so it's going to be even more difficult. And the past few weeks, especially during fashion week, have been especially hectic, and I've found myself just falling into bed after a long day.

A big part of how I manage my time is scheduling - using planners/ the calendar app on my phone and writing down all my deadlines. When I'm feeling in a productive mood (not often), I set myself to-do lists and prioritise with different deadlines depending on how important each task is. I forgive myself if I don't have time to do certain tasks and don't forget about them. I work on the go, too - I'm writing this blog post on the tube. And finally, instead of watching crappy TV, I try to use that time actually do something more productive and make use of my creative energy, like blogging, or scrapbooking, or just being creative.

I've always been a creative person without being particularly good at drawing or painting, but going to an CSM has made me want to embrace being creative in any way I can. As part of this I thought I'd pick up Scraperfoil again which I used to do when I was younger. The guys at Reeves have an amazing selection of designs, but I picked this gorgeous 3 cat design which I absolutely loved doing. It does take a while and you need quite a lot of patience but it's absolutely worth it for the finished result. Whenever I felt stressed or overwhelmed with uni work I'd pick up this scraperfoil and it was so therapeutic, I'd feel relaxed after 5 minutes (literally, my friends know that I brought it to the library every day). What I love about it is that you don't even have to follow the lines exactly, which is something I'm not great at doing - you can get as creative as you want, and it's really easy to do.

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Reeves is one of the world's leading creativity and lifestyle brands, who recently underwent a rebrand to "democratise" art, and encourage everyone, of any generation, to get as creative as possible. They believe, and I totally agree, that creativity is something you don't necessarily have to learn and it's within anyone - I thought I was crap at art, but with the scraperfoil I still managed to produce something beautiful. They have a huge range of products, from acrylic and water paints, to painting by numbers kits to pastels. I think the next thing I'm going to get from their store will definitely be some pastel chalks. And they're all wonderfully affordable, with scraperfoils starting from £4.76 and mini scraperfoils from just £2.50.  The scraperfoils come in gold, silver and even rainbow, but I loved the silver ones most.

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The one I got is the Kittens Silver Scraperfoil 2 in medium size, and the products are available at Amazon and also stocked in lots of local stores, you can find your nearest one here.

How do you guys take time off from work/uni? Let me know in the comments.





Photos are by my favourite gal Kelsey xxx

Please note: this post was sponsored by Reeves, however all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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